Do you remember Johnny Carson doing a character called Carnac the Magnificent? Carnak was a psychic who took sealed envelopes with questions and spouted funny answers before tearing open the envelopes to get at the questions. He wore a ridiculously huge turban with beads and feathers on it and a black cape. is my reproduction of the turban.
To keep the weight reasonable, the frame is built of plastic mesh, cut and stitched together by hand to give it the right shape, reinforced with cross-bracing on the inside to make it rigid. Check out the photo!
The frame is covered with three layers of quilt batting, and then red satin covers the outside. I've included some close-ups of the trims. The small gold beads don't look as good as I'd hoped, bigger ones would look better, so I plan to replace that before shipping. I'm also thinking of adding more feathers. The only thing I couldn't really reproduce was the fabric, the original was red and gold brocade and all I could find was plain satin. If you want a brocade effect, I could... read more